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O'Reilly, expert spar over lawmakers' body language during Bush's State of the Union

David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Wednesday January 31, 2007
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What were Cheney, Pelosi, McCain, Clinton and Obama really thinking as they watched the president deliver his State of the Union address?

On Tuesday's O'Reilly Factor, body language expert Tonya Reiman analyzed how lawmakers on both parties reacted as Bush spoke to the nation, but host Bill O'Reilly disagreed with some of her conclusions.

"I'm betting O'Reilly's body language expert will weigh in on Pelosi's weird behavior," a Free Republic user named Proudcongal wrote last week in a State of the Union live blogging thread.

Reiman thought Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) looked bored, while Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) seemed "thoughtful."

"Hillary just looked like a zombie," O'Reilly commented.

O'Reilly got a kick out of seeing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Cheney sitting next to each other, and noted that they never looked at each other, but he disagreed with Reiman's analysis of the vice president's body language.

Reiman thought that the way that Cheney clapped showed that he wasn't "thrilled" to be there.

"Are you telling me that Dick Cheney didn't want to applaud to what Bush was saying?" O'Reilly asked increduously.

"He did not feel it," Reiman analyzed, adding that he looked like he was "just going through the motions."

O'Reilly quipped, "So he wants to be home watching TV."

"I don't know why he isn't happy to be there," O'Reilly added, "he's the vice president."

O'Reilly ripped Senator McCain (R-AZ) for doing a "Rip Van Winkle impression." The Republican candidate for president was caught on video with his eyes seemingly closed for a spell during the State of the Union.

"Did McCain really fall asleep during that speech?" O'Reilly asked his show's body expert.

"No," Reiman insisted, who said that his slight movements and blinking showed that he wasn't sawing logs in his dreams.

O'Reilly wasn't so sure. "I look like that when I go to the opera," he joshed.

"I believe I could have taken his wallet and he wouldn't have noticed in that posture," O'Reilly said.

Video clip from Fox's O'Reilly Factor: